Group Policy is a feature of the Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems that control the working environment of user accounts and computer accounts.

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Cannot remove folder redirection

I enabled folder redirection for a single account to test it out and see how I liked working with it on a day-to-day basis. After some testing, I realized it won't work in my environment and thus ...
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Enabling welcome screen Windows 7 Embedded

I want the list of available users (without the hidden admin account etc) displayed. To facilitate an easier login experience. Things I have tried: Security policy editor: secpol | Local Policies ...
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When I try to use secpol.msc (Group Policy) I get an error

When I try to use secpol.msc (Group Policy) I get an error: Failed to open group policy object on this computer. You may not have appropriate rights. I am an admin and I tried running it as ...
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Change local time on XP box - local admin but group policy restricts time change

I am a developer in need of doing some temporal unit testing on my local XP box. I am local admin but there is a group policy enforced centrally that prohibits changing local time (a severe case of ...
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How to disable content view in windows explorer

Im trying to find a way to disable content view in windows explorer on windows 7 clients. I found this: ...
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How come UAC logs are not being stored in Event Viewer?

In Event Viewer, under Applications and Services Logs, UAC logs are not being stored. How do I enable them? Could Domain/OU group policy have them disabled? If so where can I see that it is disabled ...
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Group Policy install software PER USER

Need to deploy an MSI file with Group Policy. No other software deployment options are available, so no SCCM, etc. Here is what I need: 1. Software must be deployed PER USER. 2. Software must ...
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Suspicious Group Policy Behaviour

I am running Windows 8.1 x64. I should start by stating that I am not part of a domain and that computer is only used by myself. I have two accounts on the machine. My standard user account which is ...
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Windows Auto-Login not sticking

I have a series of public PCs that are supposed to automatically log in to a specific user. I have set the required registry values (detailed here) via a GPO from the library's main server. This is ...
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No Google folder under Administrative Templates via Group Policy editor - Adding GoogleUpdate.adm does nothing

I'm unable to complete "Step 2" : Step 2. Importing Google Update ADM template. Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates Right-click Administrative ...
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windows 7 - File System missing in Local Group Policy Editor

I'm trying to manage some folder permissions in my computer, I need to use Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Security Settings/File System, as described here or here, but I can't find File ...
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Windows 7 and GPO - how make this rules?

First, sorry for this inaccurate post title, but I can't think of better. My "great" IT teacher gives me commands to execute (all can affect only one, selected user) Block installing software, ...
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Local group policy editor: Out of date version?

I've been trying to use gpedit.msc recently but I haven't been having much success. Sometimes the policy editor freezes when I press "apply" (the policy does still apply though), and I can't seem to ...
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How to enable program execution blocked by domain group policy

How can i enable program execution from any path in local computer using regedit when it's blocked by domain policy? I managed to remove policy restrictions from registry but this one escaped.
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DisableCAD local security policy on standalone Windows 7 machine reverts to Enable after reboot or logging out

I have been struggling for days trying to resolve this issue. We are required to have our users press ctrl+alt+delete to login to our systems. The local security policy has the "Interactive logon: Do ...
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What will break if I move my Domain Controller machine accounts from the default OU into another OU, assuming the policy is linked?

Background: I've been helping out with a recent G.P. simplification (read overhaul) at work. I'm working from a list of things my supervisor has requested be done with Group Policy to harden our ...
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Applying a local group policy to another user with different username and computer name

A while ago, I setup a dedicated Windows 7 Pro workstation with local group policy applied to a specific guest account. After completion, I made a backup of the applied local group policy setting at ...
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How can I import a security template in Windows 7 using command line?

I would like to remotely deploy some specific change in Security Policies to several computers via remote console (SSH). This is my just exported security template .inf file, extracted according ...
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Microsoft support document with odd instructions: applying local policies to all users except administrators

I'd like to use the group policy editor to apply restrictions to all user accounts except that of the administrator on a Windows XP computer. In Windows Vista and up, this is easy to do as you're ...
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How to automatically download exe files in Internet Explorer 11?

In IE 11 and before downloading files there's the annoying bar (as seen here under Internet Explorer 9 & 10). I've been trying to disable it for a while... I tried enabling in gpedit.msc Turn off ...
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I want to be able to have a daily task run showing the times users log on and off

GOAL: I want to be able to have a daily task run showing the times users log on and off ENVIRONMENT: Windows 2008R2 domain ACTIONS SO FAR: I have enabled Account Auditing via: start -> ...
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Windows 7 Gpupdate failed

I tried to run gpupdate on a local machine but I keep getting the failed error message I have tried following Remove from domain and re-add it again Check the dns setting all correct (Even release ...
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Is auditing possible on Windows XP Home Edition?

Although Windows XP Professional has (a lot more) control over Security issues, Windows XP Home Edition does allow the regular user to probe around and allows to set Security settings on folders and ...
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Can I add ADMX files via symbolic links?

Is it possible to add Group Policy templates (ADMX files) on a local Windows 7 machine by creating a symbolic link (soft link) in the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder that points to an ADMX file ...
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Windows Network Bridge Connections Greyed Out

I can bridge the connection under administrator account. I have disabled the prohibit installation and configuration of Network Bridge on your DNS domain network Group Policy setting. The option to ...
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Restrict admin shares

My users need local admin rights but I'd like to restrict the admin shares (c$) to domain admins only. I was reading about adding nt authority\interactive to the local administrator group, but i don't ...
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Windows 7 Group Policy blocking Adobe Reader

A few weeks ago, my company blocked Adobe Reader due to an unpatched security issue. However, we recently moved one of our computers to a project that didn't require access to the corporate network, ...
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Group Policy no longer applying desktop wallpaper

I used to have my wallpapers updated monthly by Group Policy. Several months ago I was prompted (I think just after logon) to grant GPO (I think) access to a wallpaper setting in the registry. It was ...
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Bat file to change group policy

Based on the answer to this question: Windows XP: is it possible to log startup and shutdown times in the system event log? I want to be able to add it to a batch file, but have no idea how to go ...
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Modify 30 second wait period when RDP'ing to computer with user already logged in

In Windows 7, when remotely connecting to a workstation that already has a user logged in, it prompts the local user that someone is trying to connect and offers them 30 seconds to deny access. I ...
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Want to clean Group Policy from my machine (Vista 64) before I update to Windows 7

On my way home from a visit to Virginia, I purchased a machine from Best Buy (a couple years ago). I didn't want them to put all the sales crap on the machine and it was the only one Dell left with a ...
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Refresh rate being reset to outside monitor native resolution?

I have a 25-unit computer lab that are hooked up to Dell Optiplex 960s. It seems that every time the computer goes into standby, or is left alone for long enough, it resets the refresh rate to 85 ...
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Cannot connect to WiFi networks after installing Asus ATK drivers

I have installed ATKACPI driver and hotkey-related utilities. I cannot connect to WiFi networks after that (Windows doesn't show available networks), if I'm logged in as a non-administrative user. It ...
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How to disable “Open File Security Warning” using GPOs?

I have a domain controller (Server 2008 R2) running on my home network. I want to use a group policy on my Server 2008 box to disable the "Open File - Security Warning" prompt when running EXE files, ...
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Forcing Windows Update settings through Group Policy on a Server 2003 domain

I have an existing Server 2003 domain with Windows 7 clients. I'm trying to force the Windows Update policy to download and install updates on all clients at a scheduled time. All existing client ...
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Export the local group policy editor settings

I opened mmc.exe and from File>Add/delete snap-ins I added Group policy object editor for a specific user. Now after changing the settings I want to be able to export the settings and in future I ...
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How to give permission to user groups rather than only a user?

I opened mmc.exe and from File>Add/delete snap-ins I added Group policy object editor for a specific user. From here I an give and deny access to many settings(around 100 in my case) on the ...
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Userinit value is replaced by wrong string

I am dealing with a quite difficult issue. On 2 HP ProBooks there are 2 user accounts each. One admin and one standard. The admin user works fine, but the standard user isn't able to log in since it ...
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Allow standard Windows 7 users to install updates to 3rd party pre-installed software (no domain)

I have a group of Windows 7 users that are part of a Windows Workgroup (no A/D), with limited local rights (users). I have set the accounts to have the ability to run Windows updates, though, they do ...
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Applocker Exceptions issue with Photoshop Droplets

I have Applocker configured (GPO) to block .exe files from executing on %OSDRIVE%/* unless they live in %PROGRAMFILES%* and %WINDIR%*. This prevents users from running self-executing applications, ...
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Reflect HKLM/SOFTWARE/Policies registry changes to HKCU/Software/MS/Win/CV/GPOs

Ok so I have a Local Group Policy (under Computer Config, not User Config) to force install extensions in Chrome. This policy needs to run for every user of the computer. The value is going to change ...
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Deploying webcams with Lync via RDP

I am currently working on an IT project for my internship regarding the implementation of webcams and Lync via RDP on thin-clients. The goal is to let users, who are logged in on a thin-client via ...
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Dollar sign '$' in the output of whoami in Windows

It is a domain environment. There are several machines, connection to whom must be performed under user joined specific groups ("Super Manager Users" and "Super Admin Users"). But there is some issues ...
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Is it possible to script Windows GPO configuration tasks?

I have a login script on my domain that is configured through Group Policy Management (Start -> Administrative Tools -> Group Policy Management), as per this screenshot, logged on to a Windows 7 ...
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GPO issue with Print Management

After adding all of our printers to their proper security in print management, the deployed printer only shows one of the security groups they have been assigned. Most other printers in this network ...
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Installing software from user account as admin without having to log off log in

Is there a way with a GPO to allow an administrator to install a software from a standard user account? Let say I want to install Itunes from a standard account. I would like Windows 7 to pop an ...
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How GPRESULT Calculates Security Group Membership

Before I ask my question, I'll provide some background on how I arrived here. So, I was searching for a quick way to display the security groups an AD user is a member of. Ultimately, I'm trying to ...
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How to add Windows explorer favorites on user logon

I have some Favorites links in Windows explorer (not IE). I am looking for a way to apply those favorites to administrator@mycompany.com account each time I log on to any PC in our company. I have a ...
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Windows Server 2012 Password Experation GPO Not Applying

We have a single DC and are trying to enforce Password Policies to all of our computers. We're trying to change it from the default 42 day max password age to 120 or so. The policy appears to be set ...
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Is there a way to automatically disable the UAC each time Windows 7 boots (I'm an administrator)?

At work, we have a group policy (I think it is a group policy, correct me if I use the wrong term!) that automatically resets the UAC to "Default" every two days or so. I'm administrator on the ...